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New Home

These last few weeks I have been packing and unpacking. We have moved from Wimbledon to the Isle of Wight. I find moving horrible and that is why we lived in our last place for nearly 4 years because I hate moving. I don’t mind the change, it is physically packing and moving that I don’t like. I had a stress rash for over a fortnight in the wake of moving day. Our new home is great. I am so grateful for being able to move here.

In our new home I am grateful for – the house has it’s own front door, we have a garden, the oven has two shelves, we have a front-room that is just a front-room (not a kitchen, dining room or my studio), I have my own studio/office room, my husband has his own space, we have a kitchen diner that I can spin around in and no doubt dance around in, we have a washing line, and the most important thing we are near our family.

We arrived back on the Isle of Wight over two weeks ago. We have been unpacking, setting up, making furniture and generally deciding where to put things. Already my Dad has been round fixing things and discussing drills with K. It felt like home as soon as we moved in and we are both happy there.

Office/Studio space

June Photo a Day

Here are my photos for June, as you can see I am not so good at taking a photo a day. I really must start taking photos this month. I am only in London until the beginning of August, then I am off onto our next chapter…

June Photo a Day

Here are a couple of my favourite photos from June –

Namaste

South Bank

 

 

Water reminder!

I have continued with the morning flush (a big glass of water first thing in the morning) since January. It has helped me with my water intake as knowing that I have had a big glass of water first thing is a boost. As a teenager I had lots of head aches and my Mum would always say “Have you drunk enough?” and I would always say “I don’t think so”. Since being more mindful of how much I drink I have noticed what a difference it makes, adding a slice of lemon helps too. Over the weekend I get out of the habit of not drinking as much as I do during the week, I have a good routine while at work but have yet to bring it hope for the weekend. I just find it a lot harder to remember to drink. I always notice the the effects when I don’t drink enough. Water the life giver, make sure you are drinking enough.

Glass of water with a slice of lemon

Glass of water with a slice of lemon

Birthday

It was my birthday last week! I had great plans on my birthday eve to cleanse and tidy my desk, sort out various piles of stuff on our coffee table, reflect on the past year, list my achievements and take an oracle cards for the year ahead. That evening I came home from work did a bit of housework and got a head ache and felt completely exhausted…So as yet I have not done any of those things. Sometimes it can be frustrating/annoying how life snowballs around you and you still have the same important task to do that you started with at the beginning of the year/month/week. I have been on holiday for a week having a staycation I thought I would be able to cross these things off my list but other things have come along and jumped them down the list. My list always gets longer rather than shorter… However for my birthday we did cross one thing off my list and that was to go up the Shard, if you even get the chance to go, do it it is well worth it.
We went to the top!
    

Sacred Space (part 1)

Opps I found this in my notebook and realised that I had not posted it! In the AC there are three sacred space projects, the first part was to clear out any unwanted stuff. I find this hard to do as I always think “that will come in handy one day”. I also buy art equipment whenever I get the chance! It wouldn’t matter so much if I was prolific at creating artworks but I’m not. I have loads of paint and now I have finally found my favourite brand the others don’t get a look in and don’t ever get used.  I have a box of paper that never gets used because it is too nice…although after realising that was why I never use it, it is now going to get used. I have a box of bits and pieces that looks as if the bin has been emptied into it but this is all my textures that I use for monoprinting. These scraps get used all the time and my all time favourite piece is the cardboard sheaf that is used to protect your hand when carrying a cup of tea, it is from ‘Prêt Mange’. I also love fruit nets!
Scraps
Books are another problem…I have some that I haven’t looked at since we moved back to London (3.5 years ago) but when I pick them up to give away I can’t. I did manage to get rid of some that I had never used or not looked at in ten years. These went off to the charity shop. I never keep any novels as I know I will never read the same one twice and the ones I normally buy were purchased from a charity shop anyway!
All in all I found this quite difficult, it was suggested that we did a foot a day. I did sort though my stuff and ended up with more than a box full to give to charity. I also think this is going to be an ongoing thing because some days it is easier than others. I also need to be mindful of what I bring into our flat, as we don’t have much room.Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Ten Day Fast – Reflections


The Apothecary Circle ten day fast finished on the 14th Feb. I managed to last without some things and not others. The night before the beginning of the fast I had a dream about eating a bacon sandwich, I don’t normally remember my dreams so it made me chuckle that even before I started the fast I was already dreaming about eating meat. I think deep down I knew that I would not be able to not eat meat while visiting my family the following weekend. I didn’t want to cause them any trouble and I know my Dad always likes to send me on my way with a fry-up for breakfast the day I leave, it has become a little ritual for us and I didn’t want us to miss out by not spending this time together. 

I didn’t eat any biscuits, drink any caffeine or use social media on my phone. I am going to continue not to use Facebook on my phone as it gave me more time to do other things, such as not being late for work! I am also going to continue to eat less biscuits, I didn’t really miss them and I don’t think I need them as part as my regular diet. Biscuit will now be eaten on special occasions only! Dark chocolate however will be eaten when necessary. I think I owe Greenpeace in the region of £20, doing the swearing fast has made me more concious of my swearing and I think I have almost stopped, which I am glad of.

My moon time grumpyness didn’t really appear this month, not sure if that was down to not drinking caffeine and eating less sugar but I will be experimenting with both of these next month by cutting these out a week before and seeing if it makes a difference, will be interesting to see.

So I am back drinking my one cup of regular builders tea, not eating as many biscuits, eating meat (not everyday and I have realised that I need a vegetarian cook book), eating dark chocolate when I need it, no more Facebook on my phone or reading blogs before bed. Who knows what the next fast will entail…..

Ten day fast

Apothecary Circle – Ten day fast

February seems to be the month of firsts; so far I have eaten Sauerkraut, oil pulled,smudged and used oracle cards, lit a candle for Candlemas, made tinctures and started a fast. It was a busy weekend! 

I have now started a ten day fast. This is linked to the Apothecary Circle. I didn’t want to fast from food/solids as I don’t think my body would react well and I don’t feel comfortable doing it while having to go to work. I think maybe this will be something for the future, possibly the summer.

I have never fasted before. I found it quite a challenge to think of something to give up. (I don’t drink or smoke). Once I really thought about it, I came up with these – 

  • Caffeine – not much of a challenge as I only drink one cup of tea a day.
  • Chocolate – this will be be difficult, I eat it about 2-3 times a week. I like to sit and relax with a detox tea and a few squares of dark chocolate.
  • Meat – this will be a challenge as I will have to make yummy meals (must remember to marinate the tofu) so my hubby forgets he is not eating meat. (failed this one meals are not yummy, need for follow recipes). I have offered to cook meat a couple of times, fairs fair.
  • Biscuits – I am giving these up because they are over processed and full of sugar, I eat about 10 a week.
  • Swearing – I do this too much and I am very blasé about it. f**k being my favorite. For this one I have decided to have a swear jar, every time I swear Green Peace gets 50 pence.
  • Social media – I use social media on my phone way too much. I wake in the morning and check Facebook and I read blogs before sleeping both of these habits I would like to stop. So this is a good time to start stopping.    

I am getting the urge for all of these things. Why is it when you say ‘no’ something in you says ‘yes’.

Wow, that is a lot to remember! Wish me luck I may need it…

Mid Week Gratitude

Thanks to technology I am wrote some of this weeks gratitude post from a car-park while I was waiting for hubby to pick me up. So I guess my first thing I am grateful for is technology. I love being able to share photos here and write notes to myself using this app ColorNote Notepad Notes To Do


Here is my gratitude list for this week – 

  • Technology, especially my phone. Never wanted a smart phone, now I could not live without it.
  • FatMumSlim for sharing next months Photo-a-day list, (February already)!!! 
  • My walk to work, being able to gaze at the sky; cloud watch and find rainbows.
  • Dark chocolate and detox tea, what a great combination.
  • My new favourite thing – Coconut Oil. (Hair is looking less frizzy).

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

Mid Week Gratitude

I think it is good for us to appreciate and be grateful for things in life however big or small. It is easy to take things for granted and not really notice how much joy they can bring, how often do you stop and watching the birds in the trees or how a leaf falls from the tree. These are some of the things I am grateful for. 

This link on Tiny Buddha is a good starting point. I am going to sharing with you all what I am grateful for. 

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are’ – Marianne Williamson


Here is my gratitude list for this week –

  • Going home for Christmas, being able to spend time with my family, always means so much to me.
  • Honey, lemon and ginger, soothing my throat and helping me recover.
  • The Apothecary Circle, so much knowledge, support and love. 
  • New notebooks from Paperchase, I am going to be organised this year. I even have a notebook for my blog!
  • My husband for looking after me while I was ill, I am the worse patient there is!